Manchester United will reportedly offer Miranda €5.5m-a-year for four years

Manchester United are said to be lining up a four-year-deal for Atletico Madrid defender Joao Miranda.

Manchester United need to conduct a complete rebuild in areas of their squad this summer - one such area being the heart of their defence.

With Nemanja Vidic joining Inter Milan and Rio Ferdinand also confirming his departure from the club it is easy to see why United are so keen to bring in not one, but potentially two, new central defensive options.

One name that has been mentioned is Atletico Madrid's super stopper Miranda. The Brazilian-Spaniard has confirmed this week he would be interested in the move - despite an excellent season with Los Colchoneros which saw him win the La Liga title ahead of Barcelona.

But the former Sao Paulo defender clearly wants a crack at another massive club, with United the obvious potential destination.

However, this is where the deal falls down.

Miranda turns 30 in September, so United are unwilling to overspend on a player with perhaps only three more years guaranteed at the top of his game.

However, Atletico want any club who buys any of their players to meet the respective release clause - which in Miranda's case stands at a whopping €30 million. Needless to say that is a price they are not willing to pay for the player.

However, they are said to be considering players they could exchange with Los Colchoneros in order to get their man.

Spanish paper El Confidencial has confirmed today that United and Atletico might be able to come to an arrangement if Javier Hernandez, Nani or Anderson was also thrown into a deal with the club.

The same report also claims that United are ready to offer him a four-year deal worth €5.5 million a year for the player - tripling his wages at the Vicente Calderon.

Barcelona are also keen on the player, while Atletico remain obtuse about the prospect of selling their defensive bedrock.

But at the right price he will certainly be on his way - so United might just have to throw one or two of those players into the deal in order to improve the more important areas of the squad.

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